Words: Justin Ward / Photos: Justin Yee
Day two of Outside Lands has come and gone and I need to hurry if I want to get down to the park in time for Dumpstaphunk. We’ll wrap up everything tomorrow but for here’s our quick recap for now. Yesterday was another great day in the park: more great food, more eclectic artists like any other day, and a closing Nine Inch Nails set that truly floored me. It all started with Cherub on the Panhandle stage.
Bombino was incredible. The afrobeat coming from this core trio (with drummer and steel guitar backup) was the perfect mid-day music for me and my crew. We were all grooving up front pretty hard. And sadly I missed it, but tveryone I talked to that went to Jurassic 5 said it was ill.
Baauer brought trap to the mainstage and it’s pretty clear it’s no fad based on the crowd reaction I saw. People came to get down. Crowd was swaying hard.
The Mother Hips were great, but also a bit meandering. Really intelligent music that seemed a little too heady for the time. Grizzly Bear delivered a confident set ending their tour and really was one of the highlights of the day. “Ready, Able” was a personal highlight for sure. Great set all around.
After Grizzly Bear I found myself in a completely opposite sonic experience known as Nine Inch Nails. Wow. Really a powerhouse live that I hadn’t fully expected out of them, and I was pleasantly surprised and stayed from the first note to the end. “Head Like a Hole” live was definitely a throwback for me. Meanwhile Justin Yee was on the other end of the park watching the Phoenix closing set…